Satisfy your Mexican food cravings with these 3 Houston newcomers

Maria Rita's. | Photo: MK S./Yelp

Interested in trying some new Mexican spots in Houston? You're in luck: we've found the freshest businesses to fill the bill. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for Mexican food.


404 Shepherd Drive, Washington Avenue Coalition / Memorial Park

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Polanquito is a Mexican and breakfast and brunch spot.

Serving authentic Mexican fare, expect home made tortillas, tacos, quesadillas, mole chilaquiles and chicken and seafood offerings. 

Polanquito currently holds five stars out of eight reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Yelper Alvaro O., who reviewed Polanquito on April 16, wrote, "[This is the] newest and best Mexican restaurant. I tried the mole chicken, taco de cochinita and bean picaditas. Finally, a place with authentic Mexican food. The tortillas are hand made."

Yelper Molly C. wrote, "Went for breakfast during the soft opening and couldn't be more impressed. Reasonable prices, delicious food and a friendly staff."

Polanquito is open from 7 a.m.–2 p.m. on Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)

Maria Rita's

8445 Gulf Freeway, Meadowbrook / Allendale

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Maria Rita's is a Tex-Mex spot.

On the menu, look for salads, tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and a host of chicken entrees. The bar serves margaritas, frozen drinks — including fruit daiquiris and piña coladas — and Mexican and domestic beers. (Click here to view the full menu.)

With a three-star rating out of four reviews on Yelp, Maria Rita's is still finding its way, but it's early days.

Yelper Moji K., who reviewed Maria Rita's on Feb. 15, wrote, "Great new Mexican restaurant. The inside is beautiful and the food and margaritas are great. Owners are also super friendly."

David T. noted, "Excellent food and generous portions. Try the Surf n Turf Enchiladas."

Maria Rita's is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and Sunday, and 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Taco Cabana

6522 Westheimer Road, Greater Uptown

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Taco Cabana is a Mexican spot.

The menu features traditional Mexican fare, such as tacos, burritos, flautas and entrees. Try the three chicken flautas plate with rice, beans, guacamole and two tortillas, or the enchilada plate with three corn tortillas filled with cheese and topped with enchilada sauce and melted cheese served with rice, beans, guacamole and two tortillas. For breakfast, there are numerous taco options, including bacon & egg, potato and egg & cheese. (View the menu here.)

Taco Cabana's current rating of three stars out of seven reviews on Yelp indicates the newcomer is finding its way, but it's still early days.

Yelper T D E., who was one of the first users to visit Taco Cabana on April 11, wrote, "As far as Taco Cabanas go, this is new and the inside is sparkly and clean. The staff was very sweet and the food was really great."

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